Scribal palette with two styli

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 19
1295–1186 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 40 x 6 x 1 cm (15 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4297

Medium or Technique

Wood

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Writing

This rectangular scribal palette of wood still has two original writing styli. It’s two circular wells do not retain obvious traces of pigment. There is a small cartouche of king Ramesses II (Dynasty 19), incised on the side.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way